Our inaugural gig took place in our hometown, organized entirely by ourselves. Battling overwhelming self-doubt, fueled by copious amounts of alcohol, and armed with a brief set, we struggled to make it through the performance.
Following that initial show, things quieted down for a while. Securing gigs proved to be a challenging endeavor, leading to a period of difficulty for the band.
Seeking to enhance our band's dynamic, we welcomed Yusof Al-Farra as our second guitarist. A friend of Ben's, Yusof was eager to join a band, and we were thrilled to have him on board.
During this period, we had the opportunity to share the stage with some prominent local bands. Spending a weekend alongside Mental Coma and Livløs, we performed at Rust one night and at Infected Festival the next. Regrettably, this marked Yusof's sole appearance on stage with us.
However, Yusof eventually decided to part ways with the band due to conflicting schedules and diverging interests.
During the Denmark Tour, we joined forces with the local humor-driven band, Red Warszawa, turning every stage into a lively battlefield. Our performances ranged from intimate venues to festivals.
Seeking new horizons, we embarked on a two-week tour in Russia. The journey took us through various landscapes, from the historic streets of Moscow to the remote borderlands of Georgia. Our music resonated with different audiences, expanding our reach in the Russian music scene.
Following our Russian tour, we teamed up with Red Warszawa for a couple of shows across Denmark. The journey culminated in the grand finale at the Copenhell Reunion event.
The pinnacle of our adventure was the Wacken Metal Battle Finals. In the midst of fierce competition, we stood alongside other formidable bands.
In 2021, Demolizer faced a silent chapter amid the ongoing pandemic. The weight of the global crisis and personal losses cast a somber shadow over the band, testing their resilience and unity.
Internally, Ben grappled with stress and depression, leading to the tough decision to temporarily put Demolizer on hold. The once vibrant energy of the band faded as life's challenges took center stage.
In the midst of these struggles, "Upgrade" was released on october 10. Featuring old songs from Ghoul and a cover of Annihilator's "King of the Kill," this modest release reflected the band's perseverance.
Limited shows took place throughout the year due to the ongoing pandemic. Plans for a German tour, offering hope for reconnection with the audience, were unfortunately hindered by organizational issues, leading to the decision to cancel the tour.
Despite the setbacks, our resilience shone through in the face of personal struggles and external challenges. The small release and handful of shows played served as sparks in a challenging journey.
In 2023, Demolizer experienced a significant resurgence. After years of personal development, the band rekindled the fire and got back to work. With newfound strength, they set out to book as many shows as possible, benefiting from their established connections within the industry.
On 7/7-2023, the band released their second album, "Post Necrotic Human." Despite its rushed production, the album received a fair amount of positive reviews worldwide.
However, the year also brought a farewell to guitarist Aria, who had to prioritize family and job responsibilities. Bjørn introduced Mike as a potential replacement, and after a successful audition, Mike joined the band and immediately went on tour with Demolizer.
Ben, also known as "Polle," initially wrote five songs with the idea of forming a band. Coincidentally, Bjørn had recently purchased his first bass guitar, and given their shared history as friends from primary school with a mutual love for heavy metal, they decided to collaborate and create their own music.
In the quest to complete the lineup, a few days were spent searching for a drummer. The search concluded when Ben met Christian Albrektsen at a local concert. After a few beers and a shared appreciation for heavy tunes, Chris was invited to join the band.
For the band's name, they settled on "Radtskaffen," a combination of Ben's last name and the Danish word "Retskaffen" (Righteous). At the time, it was fitting, given that their lyrics were in Danish and leaned towards being semi-political.
Their initial rehearsal space was in Ben's childhood room, a modest 10-square-meter room in a village in the middle of nowhere. Despite the cramped conditions, they managed to work through the first five songs. However, they soon found themselves in need of a larger practice space. After a year of relocating their gear around Zealand, they successfully arranged their first gig in their hometown of Frederikssund.
As time passed, we expanded our song repertoire, prompting a shift from Danish to English lyrics. This transition also brought about a subtle change in genre, moving from punk to a more heavy-metal sound. Despite these adjustments, we secured a spot at "Punx Undead," a monthly punk showcase in the heart of Copenhagen.
While playing a few gigs throughout the year, we embarked on the journey of recording our first demo, titled "Worldwide Anarchy."
One noteworthy encounter occurred during a gig at Lygten, where we crossed paths with sound engineer Henning Nymand. Henning, also the founder and guitarist for the Danish cult band Red Warszawa, left a lasting impression. The performance at Lygten was recorded and later released as "Live at Lygten." A fun tidbit from that night was the opportunity to share the stage with our friends from Kurgan, a Danish Melodic Death band, marking the first collaboration with them.
In a pivotal year, Ben and Bjørn felt the need for a faster, more aggressive musical outlet. This impulse led to the creation of the side project "Knark Kalas," an experimental punk band featuring Emil from Shocktilstand (DK/NO Hardcore punk) and Max Petrén, an old friend of Ben.
Finding greater satisfaction in Knark Kalas, Ben experienced burnout from Radtskaffen and decided to put the project on hold. Subsequently, discussions between Ben and Chris about the band's future revealed differing visions. Ben sought a more extreme direction, while Chris was content with the existing musical direction, leading to Chris's departure due to musical differences.
In need of a new drummer, Max from Knark Kalas stepped in temporarily. Eventually, Max became a full-fledged member, and the band began recording their debut material, "Ghoul," dedicating months to the recording and writing process.
"Ghoul" was released on August 7, 2018.
Recognizing the need for another guitarist, Max initiated the search, encountering Aria Douzandeh-Mobbarez at a bar. Aria, a skilled guitarist, was invited for a jam session with Ben and Bjørn. His quick learning ability and innovative ideas prompted the decision to change the band's name, heralding a new lineup, music, and practice space. Transitioning to a more international appeal, the band changed its name from Radtskaffen to Demolizer.
Ben secured a gig at a local venue to test the new material and challenged Aria to learn 5-6 songs before the show. Aria rose to the occasion and secured the position.
A turning point occurred when the band received an offer for a Russian tour in April 2019. Intrigued, they accepted the opportunity, despite the challenges of obtaining live video footage for promotional purposes. Ben reached out to Henning Nymand (Red Warszawa) and successfully arranged for Demolizer to warm up for RW, solidifying their spot on a Danish tour.
In the beginning of the year, we began the production of our debut album, "Thrashmageddon," at Ballade Studios. The studio's subdued lighting set the mood as we diligently worked on crafting each riff and penning every lyric to define our sound.
we released "Thrashmageddon" on September 11 through Mighty Music. Despite the global challenges that year, the album resonated with listeners worldwide.
The coronavirus pandemic hit, leading to over half of our scheduled shows getting canceled. Adapting to the situation, we turned to livestream performances to stay connected with our audience. Three virtual shows helped us maintain our musical presence despite the challenges.
In 2022, Demolizer faced continued personal challenges, but amidst the conflicts, the band found solace in camaraderie and decided to pick up the music once again. Initially, they played a fair number of shows, this time standing on their own without relying on a bigger act for support. It was a period of silence but also a gradual move towards something better.
During this time, more songs were written, and at the Metal Magic festival, a business associate approached Ben with the idea of creating another Demolizer album. The concept was more of a "let's do it and get it over with" mentality. This led to the hasty production of a rushed album titled "Post Necrotic Human," which was released the following year.
TO BE CONTINUED....